Monday, August 31, 2015

Voluntary Simplicity - Book Review - Revisited

The Voluntary Simplicity book review was very well read. It dates back to February 17, 2012. Since the topic is an ongoing one in this blog, I thought perhaps it might be a good time to allow you to revisit it. If you haven't read it before, then now is a good time for you to become familiar with an interesting and topical book. I'm not going to republish the article here, I'm simply going to give you the link to the original article.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Photo-of-the-Week #226 Security With Style, Charleston, South Carolina, December 2004

There are bars and there are bars. No, I'm not talking about places you imbibe adult beverages or the kind you find in correctional institutions. I'm talking about the kind homes and businesses install on their windows and doors to keep the occupants of the house or business safe and secure from theft and physical harm. And who would perpetrate such theft and physical harm? They are the individuals who may patronize the bars where one imbibes alcoholic beverages and who often end up behind the bars in the correctional institutions. . . READ MORE

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Weekend Wrap-up - August 29, 2015

Well, the weeks come and the weeks go. This is another week that was. 

I'm currently in Chantilly, Virginia attending the 2015 Veteran Speakers Retreat with a small group of professional speaker friends of mine. I coordinated and ran this annual retreat for 12 years, 7 of them with my late dear, long-time friend, John Jay Daly. It's always been a privilege for me to associate with this group of individuals and it was an honor to coordinate and manage the annual gathering. Now, I've reverted back to "civilian" participant status. My weekend is very relaxed compared to the past events when I was in the captain's seat.

I arrived here on Thursday and we'll wrap up tomorrow, Sunday at about 1:00 PM after a final lunch together. Tonight we'll honor five individuals, four living and in attendance and one posthumous, as we induct them into the prestigious designation known as "Legends of the Speaking Profession. It always is and will be a gala evening.

The News This Week 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Tech Report: SiriusXM A La Carte Satellite Radio Service

Doesn't it really annoy you as you're traveling along listening to a country station playing all the great vintage artists and music you love or you're listening to a news report or an interesting talk show or a baseball game on your radio and you "run out of string." What I mean by that is you've crossed into the fringe range for the station or it's an FM station and you've passed to the other side of a mountain or a stronger FM station overrides the station you were listening to. 

I know it always frosted me when that happened. Public radio is a perfect example. You're listening to a really great Terry Gross interview on her "Fresh Air" program and you run out of range. So, you start looking for another public radio station to pick up the program, but the only other public station has a classical music or jazz program on. NPR, PRI, APR and the other public radio program providers are syndicators. That means the public radio stations that subscribe to their programming services can program the programs anytime or any day in their schedule. You may not find "Fresh Air" on anywhere else that day as you progress.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Report: RoadPro Portable Lunchbox Stove

This is the real deal. I had seen these on the shelves at various travel centers (truck stops) around the country. I was a little skeptical. But, I finally took the leap and ordered one. What a pleasant surprise.

This little lunchbox shaped, portable stove actually performs very well and does exactly what it's advertised to do. It's small, well built, lightweight and cooks food excellently. It's also very easy to keep clean.

What's On The Menu?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Something Different - A Short Survey About Living Free

I'm on the road most of this week. I'm making a quick trip from West Virginia to central Pennsylvania. From Pennsylvania I'll travel south to the outer Washington, DC suburbs in Virginia near Dulles International Airport to attend the annual Veteran Speakers Retreat. As you may recall, I coordinated and ran this retreat for 12 years. Now, I'm back to simply attending as a participant. When the retreat ends I'll be completing a small project for a long-time client in Fairfax, Virginia.

Finally, I'll head west to Winchester, Virginia (my former hometown) to pick up my tax returns for last year (yes, I'm on an extension) from my CPA, before returning to base camp in West Virginia. It's always a challenge to keep up with blogging when I'm on the road. It's especially challenging when I'll be participating in the events of the retreat and interacting with old and new friends during the course of the long weekend event.

I've decided this will be a great time to do a very short survey. I will appreciate it if you'll take this survey.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

"This above all; to thine own self be true . . ."

So sayeth the bard, William Shakespeare.

I've used this quote before in context of past articles on the blog. Think about this. How often are we more concerned with being who we think someone wants us to be than who we actually are? Worse yet, how often do we attempt to become who someone else is actually trying to remake us into? And, even worse, yet, how often do we not even get to know who we really are and try to make ourselves into someone else?